Category: Architecture

Colin Amery, eminent architectural historian, dead at 74

 

Colin Amery

Colin Amery, eminent architectural historian, has died aged 74.

From World Monuments Fund:

The staff and trustees of World Monuments Fund Britain were deeply saddened to hear the news of Colin Amery’s death after a long illness. Colin was WMFBs founding Director, helping to set up the charity in 1995, where he stayed until 2007.

An outstanding architectural historian, Colin was a champion of the highest standards of conservation, which he applied to all the major restoration projects with which WMFB was involved.  Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, St George’s Church in Bloomsbury and Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, were just a few of the outstanding buildings that benefitted from his expertise and passion

A prolific author, for 20 years Colin wrote a weekly column on architecture for the Financial Times.  He was appointed in 1998 by the Prime Minister to be a board member of the Architectural Heritage Fund. In the same year he was made an Hon. Fellow of the RIBA. Adviser to the National Gallery on the Sainsbury Wing. He assisted HRH the Prince of Wales with the establishment of his Institute of Architecture until 2002 and served on the Duchy of Cornwall Property Committee from 1990 to 1998. Colin was the chairman of the Fabric Advisory Committee of St.Edmundsbury cathedral since 2001 and in 2012 was appointed chairman of the Fabric Advisory Committee of St.George’s Chapel, Windsor.

He will be greatly missed.

Giorgio Vasari was born on this day in history: 30 July, 1511

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown terms Alain de Botton, a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, a “dreamy philosopher”

Alain de Botton by John Reyn
Alain de Botton by John Reyn

Alain de Botton, the UK author who is a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, has been cited in “How money and amenity contend in our cities” (Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent, 28.07.13):

 

On Saturday I stayed with my husband in the Boat Room, overlooking the Thames in London, perched up on the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The edifice, which juts out and looks seemingly marooned there by receding waters, was collaboratively created by David Kohn Architects, the artist Fiona Banner and Artangel for Living Architecture, the company set up by the dreamy philosopher Alain de Botton. It is named after and shaped like the Roi des Belges, the riverboat commanded by Joseph Conrad in the Congo in the late 19th century. Conrad recoiled from our metropolis and great river, both murky to him, “sleepless and monstrous”. Maybe parts are, but the city is still the greatest and most evocative in the world.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Elena Poniatowska, a Vice-President of Interlitq, ponders the work of Mexican architect, Pedro Ramirez Vázquez

Elena Poniatowska
Elena Poniatowska

Elena Poniatowska, the Mexican journalist and author who is a Vice-President of Interlitq, has been cited in “A journalist remembers Mexican architect Pedro Ramirez Vázquez” (Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 06.05.13): “Now the most famous and respected of those journalists, Elena Poniatowska, has stepped up in the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada to share some reminiscences of her interviews with Ramirez, one in 1967 and another in 1973. Poniatowska, who’s also a novelist, was one of the first reporters on the scene after the Tlatelolco massacre, and her landmark book, “La noche de Tlatelolco,” helped blow open the truth about what occurred there.Yet in her La Jornada recollections, Poniatowska mentions Tlatelolco only in passing. Instead, the piece contains excerpts of Ramirez’s thoughts on how Mexico’s climactic extremes affect architectural design, and his appraisals of contemporaries such as Luis Barragan (who he pronounces “one of the great masters of authentic Mexican architecture”) and Jose Luis Cuevas.”

The Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City is one of the signature works of architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, who died April 16 at 94. (Gregory Payan / Associated Press)
The Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City is one of the signature works of architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, who died April 16 at 94. (Gregory Payan / Associated Press)